Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has accused the Nigerian judiciary of being corrupt, partial, and compromised to favour members of the ruling party, All Progressives Party (APC).
Governor Fayose made this allegations on Tuesday during a church service organized for the Ekiti State Legal Year by legal practitioners in the state. At the service, which held at the Cathedral Church of Emmanuel, Oke-Isa, Ado Ekiti, Fayose alleged that the Nigerian judiciary which used to be the hope of the common man has been compromised with financial inducement by the APC.
Fayose stated that most judgments in the country have been monetized to the highest bidder, and questioned President Muhammadu Buhari’s war on corruption.
Fayose said, “I make bold to say; that the problem in Nigeria today is corruption. The judiciary has the power of life and death but this sensitive arm of government has been compromised and most judgments in Nigeria today are monetized. If the battle against corruption can be won between the Bar and the Bench, it will be won in the society.
“Due to the cancer of financial inducement that has eaten deep into the fabric of our judicial system; it is only in Nigeria that a political armed robber will orchestrate the trial of somebody before a corrupt judge, all in the name of waging anti-corruption war.
He lashed out at the judiciary for being partial and afraid to give judgments on cases of corruption against members of the ruling APC, insinuating the APC-led administration influences judgments saying, “When there are glaring facts on the table of anti-corruption agencies, they will pretend not to see or look the other way especially if the culprit is a member of their political party or under the directive of power that be. That is why some judges are timid in giving judgments against the ruling party of the day.”
He alleged that the APC was culpable in electoral malpractices in Yobe State: “Take for instance; after so many evidence before the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) that the bank account of the Yobe Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) was credited with money to influence the last governorship election, no action was taken because it is an APC-controlled state.
“It is only in Nigeria that when banks rip-off institutions, they will negotiate with the judiciary. It is only in Nigeria that judges will say they cannot deliver judgment due to the prevailing environment.
“The corruption in the judiciary is so endemic that judges lobby to be appointed to serve in election petition tribunals in order to make money and as well influence judgement in favour of their political friends,” he added.
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